Sharon Hayes
‘In the Near Future’, 2009
35mm multiple-slide-projection installation
13 projections
Projection dimensions variable
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

‘In the Near Future’ is a performance-based artwork in which Hayes stages anachronistic and speculative protest actions in an ongoing investigation into the figure of the protester, the speech act of the protest sign and the contemporary political
construction of public space and public speech.

‘In the Near Future’ exists in two parts: the first part is a series of performative actions and the second is an installation in which the photographic documents of these actions are projected from multiple slide projectors. Taken over several years in locations of current or historic public speech or protest - Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Vienna, Warsaw - the performative-actions of ‘In the Near Future’ are not constructed as a literal reenactment of a past protest but rather function as a citation of sorts: one that marks both the memory of a past protest and the possibility of a future one.